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It's that time of the year where the weather is breaking and spring seems to be rapidly approaching. It may still be February but we can all imagine sitting by the beach or pool on a beautiful day in June. Thousands of Americans made the New Year's Resolution to get in shape, but less than 10% stick to their goal. A healthy eating and living lifestyle is one of the best resolutions to make. Clean eating and working out have never ending physiological and psychological health benefits. There's no better time to reevaluate a goal like the present. Let's talk game plan!

1) Realistic: Is your goal realistic or attainable? Having a "diet" where you eat 4 lemons a day and nothing else isn't realistic. That's called crash dieting for a reason. Instead of measuring your success by the number on the scale measure it by how you feel. Start small with something like skipping the pop machine and opting for water.
 
3) Non-Judgmental: Do you judge yourself for falling short of your goal? Don't get in the way of your own success by beating yourself up for having a cheat day, or thinking about grabbing that second cookie. These thoughts are normal. Invite them in, "Yes, I want that second cookie but I choose to have a healthier option."
 
2) Share: Have you shared your goals? You don't have to write it on Facebook but just a sticky note with a positive self-affirmation by your front door can help. Try something like, "I believe in me, and I am able to truly love myself right NOW." Then consider a supportive work out buddy that helps with keeping you on track, and can be a lot more fun. A mental health professional can also be of great assistance in helping you stay faithful to your goals. If we can be of assistance, please give us a call.
 
The present is a gift, so use it!
 
Cathryn E. Knezevich, PCC
Director, Mental Health IOP

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The Behavioral Wellness Group is a counseling center providing therapy and behavioral health services and assessment including chemical dependency/drug addiction treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and other therapies. We also provide mental health or psychological assessments, and psychological,educational and bariatric testing. Providing services to the following communities in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake County: Cleveland, Ashtabula, Beachwood, Chardon, Concord, Eastlake, Euclid, Fairport, Geneva, Grand River, Highland Heights, Kirtland, Leroy, Lyndhurst, Madison, Mayfield, Mayfield Heights, Painesville, Pepper Pike, Perry, Russell, Solon, South Euclid, Thompson, Wickliffe, Willoughby, Willoughby Hills, and Willowick, from our offices in Mentor, Ohio.